Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)

Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)

Diane Ablonczy
Calgary-Nose Hill (Alberta)

Diane Ablonczy was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. Ms. Ablonczy was appointed Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism) in August 2007 and then Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) in October 2008. In January 2010, she was appointed Minister of State (Seniors) and, in January 2011, she was appointed Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs).

She previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. Ms. Ablonczy has been a member of several committees of the House of Commons, including the standing committees on Citizenship and Immigration, Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and Health. She has also served on the House of Commons Finance Committee.

Prior to entering political life, Ms. Ablonczy enjoyed a varied career, which included experiences ranging from teaching junior high school to managing a grain farm operation to building a successful law practice.

Ms. Ablonczy was named Honorary President of the Hoy Sun Association of Calgary, which represents members of the local Chinese and Vietnamese communities.

Ms. Ablonczy graduated from the University of Calgary and has degrees in education and law.

She is married to Ron and has one daughter, four step-children and five grandchildren.

source: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/bio.asp?id=82


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